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.s. states in the southeast of the country. >> syria has summoned the head of the united nations mission in israeli-occupied territory. the issue is an israeli air raid on what syrian officials say was a military research center near damascus. >> the arab league has also condemned the strike, but the actual target is still not exactly clear. some reports suggest a weapons convoy believe to be carrying russian-made anti-aircraft missiles from syria into lebanon. >> we will speak to an expert on the region later. first, this report. >> the israeli government has not issued any statement, but national papers are full of the news. u.s. officials say the raid targeted a weapons convoy headed for members of hezbollah, an ally of the syrian president. but the syrian government denied the existence of the vehicles, saying the israeli planes bombed a research center near damascus. russia says the facts are not yet clear but adds that any air strike would be completely unacceptable. >> we are analyzing the information as we receive it. if the allegations are confirmed, then it is our position this
accuses the opposition on the spreading uncertainty. >> the united states is controlling all these machinations. they think his hour has arrived. it is an hour of madness with the right on the attack here and internationally. the people will remain resolute. >> he won his fourth mandate and october and is due to take the oath of office january 10th. if he dies or resigns, they call for new elections. >> in syria, opposition activists have began assaults on rebel positions in the suburbs of damascus. >> air strikes are being shown in the neighborhood of natoma. they had bombarded the district with artillery. there's no word yet. they have been followed four months. last august, it was the scene of the worst activist seen so far. >> sectarian protests continue where thousands of muslims have begun rallies to accuse the prime minister of showing solidarity by a attending friday prayers at a major sunni mosque. he is a rival of the prime minister and he appealed for unity among the religious groups. switzerland oldest private bank is closing its doors for good doctor pleading gui
that the united states will come to a good resolved in negotiations. yet, even if they downgrade the united states as the second rating agency that would do so, it would not have the same kind of tsunami affect as the first downgrading by standard and poor's in the summer of 2011. despite all problems, the united states is still being seen as a safe investment. the market share is treading water rafter that enormous price rise on the day's first trade of the year. >> treading water and it barely makes it for the markets in europe with a lot of profit- taking going on out of those big gains the day before after they cheered on the deal in the u.s.. the selling was widely expected. dax close to 8000 than it is now down about 0.3%. over to new york where the dow jones is down just slightly. the euro trading down as well. $1.3338. one crucial factor remains fairly strong, the labor market. the picture is mixed. >> germany and the with more people working than ever before, but more people are also looking for a job. figures showing unemployment rose slightly for the ninth month in a row. >> the line's
his criticism of eu integration at the world economic forum in davos. >> gender equality in the united states -- the pentagon lifts its ban on women in front line and combat roles. >> on the chopping block, germany's second-largest bank plans to fire up to 10% of its work force. the european union is at a crossroads, and the british prime minister, david cameron, says if the blockheads towards the centralized political union, then it is not for him and not for britain. >> german chancellor angela merkel has chosen her words very carefully, responding at the world economic forum in davos by voicing conditional optimism as far as europe's future goes. she says that patience is needed for structural reforms to take effect. >> she has also called for more regulation of the finance industry to avoid more turbulence, a point of contention with britain. both agree that competitiveness is the key, but how to go about that is the big question. >> david cameron brought his message with him to the swiss alps. in his address to the world leaders in doubles, he repeated his demands for big changes
>>> north korea stepped up its response to a united nations security council resolution. officials say they plan to carry out a third nuclear test. >>> trade gap. japan logs its worst ever trade deficit as exports slide. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." authorities in north korea say they plan to carry out what they call a nuclear test of a higher level. they add that they plan to launch more long-range rockets. officials with the country's national defense ministry issued a statement warning of all-out action to defend north korea's sovereignty. >> translator: a series of satellite and long-range rocket launchers by the dprk and a higher level nuclear test are parts of an all-out action. this is a new phase in the anti-u.s. struggle that has lasted for centuries. we do not hide that the target of these actions is the united states, the sworn enemy of the korean people. >> the country's space agency launched a rocket last month. authorities claimed it was to orbit a satellite but other countries say north koreans were testing long-range ballistic missile technology. scientists
. >>> the united states has >>> analysts at johns hopkins university posted a photo on line of the nuclear test site. they were taken between november and december. analysts believe the photos confirm their approach to a command bunker some 150 meters north of the entrance. they believe it houses equipment to control a detonator and to communicate with authorities in pyongyang. they also say that a device to measure radiation levels and a radio system have been installed. north korean authorities d thei conduct another test. the security council condemned north korea's december rocket launch. >>> north korean authorities are warning south korea of counter measures if it takes part in u.n. sanctions. >>> a north korean statement criticizes south korea for pressing other nations to adopt the u.n. resolution condemning last month's rocket launch. it says sanctions amount to a declaration of war and warns of what it calls strong physical countermeasures if the south koreans participate in them directly. authorities in pyongyang say there will be no more bilatera discussions on the issue of denuclea
of destruction in the united nations world heritage site, looting tombs and burning into documents. residents have welcomed the soldiers with open arms. >> just days ago, the islamists still controlled timbuktu. now their flag has come down. soldiers and civilians are celebrating. >> i dreamt of this day. mali is being reborn. >> most residents of the ancient trading town were relieved when paratroopers arrived. timbuktu has been in the hands of islamists for 10 months. >> for 10 months, the islamists enforced a strict form of sharia law. this man says his hand was chopped up because he was accused of stealing a mattress. this woman says she was with and jailed for a minor offense. >> my head job -- hijab slipped off my face. that's why they put me in jail and beat me. >> residents have been raising the traces of the islamists. some have been taking revenge, plundering stores belonging to merchants suspected of collaborating. in ethiopia, a donor's conference has raised pledges of hundreds of millions of aid. its president expressed his gratitude. >> thank you on behalf of mali and the malia
units worldwide last year, up 22% from the previous year. the sales include vehicles made by daihatsu and hino motors. u.s. general motors came in second selling about 9.28 million units. germany's volkswagen ranked third selling just over 9 million units. in 2011 toyota ranked third due to the impact of the march 11th disaster in northeastern japan but its sales recovered last year, especially due to stronger demand in southeast asia and north america. government subsidies for buyers of eco friendly vehicles also pushed up sales in japan. toyota says it hopes to do even better this year. it's aiming to sell over 9.9 million units. >>> an expert panel of japan's nuclear regulation authority says a nuclear reactor at air power plant could be on active fault. the experts drafted a report on a newly found fault under the plant site. the experts draft ad report on a newly found fault under a plant site in fukushima prefecture on monday. it said it may have moved 10,000 to 130,000 years ago. the draft says the fracture's direction and other factors suggest that another fault could be direc
. united nations secretary general said the fund raising goal had been exceeded. >> representatives from nearly 60 countries met in kuwait to examine how to help with the millions of people who have fled the fighting within syria and the 700,000 who are refugees in neighboring countries. the french military advance against islamist fighters in northern mali continues to make rapid progress. emma the troops have taken control of the airport over the weekend. virtually unopposed, the -- two other cities of the weekend. the french are now negotiating with tuareg rebels, who say they have control. >> onto economic news, and financial markets have been on the rise these past few weeks as hopes have grown that the worst of the year of crisis has passed. today in spain, there's a reminder that things are very bad still for millions of people. revenue figures show spain sank even deeper into recession in the final quarter of last year with the economy contracting faster than ever. more than one in four spaniards are already out of a job, and new figures suggest that unemployment could get even w
's ambassador to the united nations has hinted at the need for action if the north conducts a third nuclear test. he says the threat is real. ambassador kim sook says the north is preparing to carry out another test after many years of development. he suggested that the countries concerned have the resources to respond. >> we have many items in our hands, well not only the republic of korea, but japan, the united states and some items to be included once they cross the line. >> kim says north korea will use its program to arm itself with weapons of mass destruction. he calls the country's nuclear weapons an imminent threat. ambassador kim also says south korea will try to strengthen cooperation with japan. the south assumes the u.n. security council presidency in february. >>> the pakistani teenage girl shot by islamic militants will undergo another operation, this time to restore her hearing in one ear. malala yousafzai was targeted for working to promote the rights of girls to receive an education. the 15-year-old was shot in the head by the pakistani taliban as she left school. the attack lef
on to other news now, the united nations says the nearly 150,000 people have escaped from mali, but almost 250,000 have been displaced in the country as a result of the conflict. france says it is sending more troops to the country to stem advances. >> so far, five days of aerial bombardment have failed to do that, and the rebel leader has promised revenge attacks against the french in mali and africa and europe. paris has told all french nationals to leave the southern town immediately. the embassy ordered the evacuation after rebels came to within 80 kilometers of the town. on the other side of the niger river, one town was seized by insurgents on monday. the fear is if they also manage to take strategically important cities, then the capital could be within their grasp. french forces began launching airstrikes last night on rebel positions to try to dislodge the insurgents. the french president visiting troops in abu dhabi says the mission is going to plan. >> the air strikes hit their targets. some 750 soldiers are currently deployed. we will increase this number so we can hand over to afr
the rebellion. >> the united nations' nuclear watchdog says it has again failed to reach a deal with iran in talks over the country's nuclear program. >> the announcement by the international atomic energy agency follows two days of intense negotiations with tehran. inspectors are trying to get access to a military site, which is allegedly used to test components for nuclear weapons. iran, though, denies that and underscores its right to nuclear research for civilian purposes. in -- another meeting is scheduled for february. >> all right, some business news now, and the chinese economy has beaten expectations for the final quarter of 2012 after nearly two years of relatively tepid performance by the world's second-largest economic power. gross domestic product rose by 7.9% and 7.8% for the year as a whole. analysts say the outlook for china may be improving. chinese exports have continued to fall, but retail sales and industrial production have started to pick up. and germany's second biggest lender, commerzbank, could cut up to 6000 jobs according to a report. while there have been month
said he hopes to visit the united states soon for a summit with president barack obama. >> translator: through the meeting i want to show my country and also the world that the strong bond between japan . . and the u.s. has been restored. >> abe said japanese and u.s. officials are now working out the timing of his visit. >>> prime mind minister abe working on another foreign policy issue. he wants to dealing with the past. he's debating issuing a new statement that matches the 21st century. his chief cabinet secretary said the government will consult with intellectuals and consider issuing a new future-oriented statement. >>> prime minister abe's special envoy conveyed the willingness to strengthen ties with south korea. kunei pointed out the need to face bilateral issues. they met in seoul and hope the new governments can build good relations and handed park a letter from the prime minister expressing the wish. park said south korea and japan need each other in many ways and hopes to work on reconciliation and cooperation. while facing issues related to common history. >> translator
. it represents how member nations can have real power if they are united. but as china flexes its economic and military muscles, asean has so far struggled to find a cohesive response, bringing members back together ahead of the integration in 2015 will be a major test for the new secretary-general. nhk world, jakarta. >>> turning to another territorial dispute, the province of kashmir. official denounced the death of two soldiers, which the military blamed on pakistan. he added that this should not derail stronger cross border ties. >> this is completely unacceptable. but at the same time, it's very important we make sure that whatever has happened may not -- should not be escalated. >> the indian military says a deadly gunfight with pakistani forces took place on tuesday. two indian soldiers were killed, one injured. it says the remains of the dead soldiers were mutilated. pakistan denies the negotiation. they have resumed comprehensive talks, which include the delicate subject of kashmir to try to improve bilateral relationship. another gunfight killed one pakistani soldier and injured
of the un, to stop this conflict. >> the united nations has expressed concern that the rising toll of atrocities committed by both the government and rebel -- concern at the rising toll of atrocities committed by both the government and rebel forces. >> the u.s. has narrowly avoided economic meltdown. they have passed a deal to prevent huge tax heights -- hikes and spending cuts. under the current agreement, taxes will rise four american households making nearly half a million dollars, -- will rise for american households making nearly half a million dollars. talks on deep spending cuts have been delayed for almost two months. >> the u.s. pulled back from the dreaded cliff. 257 representatives voted for the deal. 167, most republican, voted against. a short time later, president obama stepped before the press. at his side, vice president joe biden. biden was instrumental in getting both sides to compromise. >> thanks to the votes of democrats and republicans in congress, i will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2% of americans while preventing a middle-class tax hike t
and the united states but also in europe. worldwide, some 1.5 million cars were purchased in 2012, an increase of almost 12% and a new record. vw subsidiary audi also scored a record, selling 1.4 million high-and cars and posting similar gains. mercedes sales hit a record high as well with 1.3 million cars sold around the world, up almost 5% on the previous year. mercedes, however, finds itself in the slow lane in china. the stuttgart-based company's pour sales were mostly self- afflicted. it had supply chain problems. the parent company says it wants to catch up with bmw and audi and is targeting 2020 as the year it hopes to be back on top of the luxury sector. >> global food prices fell by 7% in 2012 according to the united nations food and agriculture organization, which did its final monthly audit of a basket of food commodities for the end of the year. >> prices for grains surged last summer due to a drought in america. the fao had warned of a potential food crisis, but a combination of international cooperation and falling demand help to ensure the spike was short-lived. still, the fao s
787 on january 7th in the united states. one of the batteries caught on fire at the international airport in boston. authorities are looking into the possibility that the batteries overheated, causing them to catch on fire. the battery is located below the cockpit and is used to run the plane's electrical system. the maker, gs yuasa, can hold trice the charge of other models the same weight, but they say it could overheat if too much power flows into the battery. >> translator: to identify the cause of the incident, they need to look not just at the battery but also at the circuits and how the battery was used. >> reporter: the inspectors aim to discover what went wrong with the dreamliner's entire electrical system and determine what safety measures are needed. nhk world, tokyo. >>> police in the american state of new mexico are trying to figure out what could have driven a teenager to pick up a gun and kill. they arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with the shooting deaths of five people including three children. authorities took the teen into custody on saturday. the victi
at a united nations tribunal. the two nations both claim sovereignty over disputed islands in waters in the south china sea. >> the philippines has been exchanging views with china to peacefully settle these disputes. to this day, a solution is still elusive. we hope that the arbital proceedings will bring the dispute to a durable solution. >> foreign second del rosario, and said that manila would seek arbitration. they have disputes over rich fishing grounds over the scarborough shoals. the philippines claim china is violating its sovereignty. they want the dispute brought before the tribunal. even so, challenge looks unlikely to go far. china's ambassador to the philippines has issued a statement saying the dispute should be resolved through bilateral dialog. authorities in beijing have refused to accept arbitration based on the u.n. convention on the law of the sea. >>> u.s. diplomats are trying to punish north korea for firing off a rocket last month they presented a draft lest solution to the u.n. security council aimed at tightening existing sanctions. the draft condemns the la
german and french leaders are hardly united in the struggle for stability of the european currency, but some say that is nothing new. >> there is one thing to take from 50 years since the treaty is that we do make a difference. but this is perhaps not the worst strategy for getting through the current crisis. >> for more, we have our correspondent from the parliamentary studios. franco-german relations have been put to the test over the last year. has it caused by problems to date? >> of course the two have had their cautious over the strategy meant in tackling the eurozone debt crisis. we know that merkel is very fond of talking about universality. the clashes have been stronger between other heads of government between france and germany in the past 30 years. it is so fundamental to the sense of their identity. any clashes will not seriously rock about. >> why not britain or any of the other global powers? >> in fact, he insisted in the treaty there should be a preamble added that the franco- german friendship would not in any way prejudice the relationship between britain and th
. and the hardline stance could put a strain on relations with the united states and other nations. >> netanyahu cited iran's nuclear development as the biggest post election challenge. how will he deal with that issue? >> reporter: his administration has not ruled out a preemptive strike if iran proceeds with nuclear development. after exit polls projected his victory, he stressed that israel must keep iran in check. >> translator: our biggest challenge remains from preventing iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: but if israeli leaders resort to unilateral action in iran, they risk isolation and could further destabilize the region. whatever the composition of the incoming coalition, the focus will continue to be on what prime minister netanyahu will say and do. >> islamist militants may have timed their attack on a natural gas plant in the algerian desert to coincide with an important event. took hundreds of workers hostage last wednesday. a meeting scheduled for the same day. algerian security forces surrounded the plant after the attack and fought their way in. 37 foreign natio
including the battery charger and will return the unit on wednesday to its makers, secura plane technologies in the u.s. state of arizona. japanese and american inspectors plan to visit the company this week. >>> it has been a long journey but south korea is now a member of the exclusive club of countries that claim successful space launches. they say for the first time, they have sent a satellite into orbit on a domestically built rocket. the rocket carrying the scientific satellite blasted off wednesday from a space center in the country's southwest. >> translator: our scientist and engineers successfully launched the narrow rocket today it blasted off at 4 p.m. and 540 seconds later, sent its scientific satellite into orbit. >> the device will measure ion and radiation levels in space. the success of the tensely awaited launch sent jubilation across the country. south korean space official also been trying to send their own rocket into space with russian technical cooperation for the last 11 years. their two previous attempts ended in failure. analysts say north korea is likely to react s
to help train malian forces. defense secretary leon panetta said the united states has a responsibility to go after al qaeda. he said u.s. forces plan to share intelligence they gained by using drones with their french allies. he says they'll provide mid air refueling to support french pilots. >>> nuclear power representatives from around the world have met in malaysia to discuss energy in southeast asia. the region needs a way to fuel its rapidly growing economy. about 300 government and corporate officials met in the capital and talked about the advantages and challenges of introducing nuclear power plants. malaysian and indonesian officials say power remains the main option for growing economies with high energy demands and say this is in spite of strong public opposition after the fukushima disaster. they both guarantee the safety of nuclear energy. the administration is working on transforming the energy policies. the trade minster said the country will export nuclear infrastructure after ensuring that it's safe. >> translator: japan has accumulated technology and human resources r
's ambassador to the united nations. he's known for his frank opinions. and he expressed his opinions about japanese foreign policy towards the asean region. >> i don't think japan ever saw asean as a great priority. in fact, in japan's world view, you know, america is number one and europe is number two. and asean was way low in the priorities, you know. and i think the key thing for japanese policymakers to understand today is that today europe represents the past. america represents the present. and asia, including southeast asia, represents the future. this is now the future of the world. >> reporter: southeast nations are gaining confidence thanks to their rising economic power. leaders from china frequently visits member nations of asean. three years ago, china and asean abolished most bilateral free trade agreements and tariffs. the deal created the world's largest free trade zone where the combined population of 1.9 billion people. mahbubani says the trade agreement represented a diplomatic defeat for japan. >> it's interesting that the first country to propose a free trade agreemen
minister shinzo abe will face challenges. abe will visit the united states at an early date to meet president obama so he can build a relationship of trust with him. the prime minister wants to confirm with obama that the realignment of u.s. forces in japan should steadily be carried out. japan's participation in u.s.-led negotiations for the transpacific partnership is another controversial issue. the obama administration wants japan to join the talks aimed at creating the free trade zone, but abe's government faces strong opposition from the domestic farm lobby and other groups. these and other pending bilateral questions have led some government officials to call for caution in setting the timing of abe's trip to the united states. >> emerging economic powers still struggling with poverty, emboldened citizens still demanding democracy, the threat of violence, the push for peace, the shadow of conflict. get news and insight on south and southeast asia every weekday, live from bangkok, only on nhk world "newsline." >>> a bomb has exploded near the site of a political rally in karac
the auxiliary power unit. it supplies electricity while the aircraft is parked. investigators from the ntsb are looking into the case. the 787 is boeing's newest aircraft. japan airlines began flying it on some routes late last month. japan's transport minister has ordered emergency inspections on the batteries of all 787s in their fleets. >>> the world's leading electronics makers are unveiling latest ultrahigh definition tv" las vegas. they are taking part in the largest electronics show that will kick off on tuesday. japanese companies are introducing the tvs in a bid to win market share back from south korean rivals. it has four times as many pixels as standard hdtvs. sony is rolling them out with an organic panel. and toshiba will unveil the tvs -- toshiba has revealed a plan to release tvs. it accounts for 90% of its large-screen tv sales by 2015. south korea's samsung electronics, the largest producer of lctvs has unveiled its new tv it will allow people to upgrade the function of their tvs and watch online video clips. >>> we've been starting off the new year find out about people i
the united states. she used those visits to seek international support for reform in myanmar. >>> afghanistan's president hamid karzai is meeting barack obama at the white house on friday. it will be a critical meeting to negotiate the scale of any long-term u.s. military presence in the war-torn country. ahead of those talks karzai on thursday met with leon panetta at the pentagon. the secretary of defense says the military campaign is reaching its final chapter. >> after a long and difficult task, we finally are, i believe, at the last chapter of establishing an afghanistan, a sovereign afghanistan, that can govern and secure itself for the future. >> afghanistan will, with the help that they provide be able to provide security to its people and to protect its borders. >> panetta said he and karzai made good progress but he declined to say whether they had agreed the size of the u.s. force that will remain in afghanistan. >> after a long and difficult path, we are finally, i believe, at the last chapter of establishing in afghanistan, a sovereign afghanistan that can govern and secure itsel
program is intended to give the north the upper hand in its negotiations with the united states and he predicts more to follow. >> north korea's game plan, i believe, consists of several critical elements. one element is to continue to develop their nuclear weapons capability. and they are doing that. they've had a couple of nuclear weapons tests, one of which did not work very well. one of which worked marginally successfully. i suspect they are continuing to work on that and at some point in the future we'll see additional nuclear tests from them. north korea, i believe, is determined to become a de facto nuclear weapons state and to get the world to accept that. >> revere says the u.s. should show its willingness to engage with north korea through dialogue. >> i think dialogue has an important utility in terms of dealing with north korea. it has a number of uses. it can help us explore north korean thinking, explore possible north korean flexibility, explore the reasons and reasoning behind their actions. it can help us develop a better sense of how the regime thinks and what its pr
their support this afternoon to units in mali to fight against terrorist elements. >> so far, the german government is holding back. >> a military solution alone will not solve the problem in mali. we must therefore intensify political efforts. >> in germany has cast doubt on whether they will help train government forces fighting the chaotic situation on the ground. the presidents of the french operation in the western african country will last as long as is necessary. >> in washington, d.c.,, and karzai meeting with president barack obama a winehouse. they were reviewing strategy for the future of the two country's relationship. >> he said u.s. forces would be moving into a support role by this spring. he said that it was within reach. he said the afghan government would soon start direct talks with the taliban. for more on this story, we're going live to our correspondent in washington. what do we know now about the new framework for the u.s. a moment in afghanistan? >> the details on any security agreement that would kick in after 2014. president obama pointing out the goals of any s
to the politics of division and saying the united states could achieve anything if it acted as one. >> a decade of war is now ending. an economic recovery has begun. america's possibilities are limitless, for we possess all of the qualities this world without boundaries demand, youth and drive, diversity and openness. an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. my fellow americans, we are made for this moment and we will seize it so long as we seize it together. >> our washington correspondent was there. you were at the inauguration. obama had quite a big wish list. take us through it. >> well, it is not really a wish list. inaugural speeches are not the place for a wish list. but you can read between the lines. i would sum it up with two words, unity and equality. a message to republicans meaning let's work together for a change to try to make things better in america, especially economically speaking and also for the budget. now equality is something that rsonates very well with his voters. not just about gender and race equality but equality for immigrants. he talked about that
execute. >> the office of the president of the united states. >> obama described his priorities for his second term from the domestic economy and diplomacy to climate change. he talked about values and principles common to all americans. he said prosperity must rest on the shoulders of the rising middle class. >> no single person can train all the math and science teachers we'll need to equip our children for the future. or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. now, more than ever, we must do these things together as one nation and one people. >> obama begins his second term with several battles looming. he'll try to work with republicans in the house of representatives to revamp gun control laws and avoid defaulting on the national debt. ♪ the rockets red glare ♪ the bombs bursting in air >> pop star beyonce sang the national anthem. her performance capped off the official proceedings ahead of the inaugural parade. then the president walked the capitol route from the building to the white house. the inauguration four y
over to its borders. the missiles have been sent by the united states, germany, and the netherlands, but not everyone approves of the move. on tuesday, a proud of -- a crowd of protesters. >> demonstrations against the patriot missile deployment have been taking place for days. the confrontation and threats against german soldiers reportedly arose from a protest like this one on monday. the five germans strolling through town in civilian clothing may have been mistaken for americans. turkish security forces managed to bring the germans to safety. the german government has called it a serious incident. >> this is unacceptable. against the backdrop of this incident, it will be necessary to speak closely with the turkish authorities about the threat posed to german soldiers. we expect our host country, turkey, to inspect the security of our soldiers when they move around in the cities. >> the german missile batteries are on their way to the southeast of the country. turkey requested the patriots from nato to defend itself against possible spillover from the ongoing conflict in syria. >
. >>> a senior united nations official says the needs of millions of syrians are growing as their country's civil war rages on. john ging says the u.n. will ask governments at upcoming donor conference to raise $1.5 billion in aid. >>> in addition to the 519 million for the four million people we decided as in need in syria, we also have a plan to respond to the refugees which now number over 650,000 in the neighboring countries. and that plan is costing $1 billion. >> ging spoke in new york after a mission to syria. he said the u.n. will make the request for aid after the donor conference in kuwait. he says the civil war has damaged infrastructure such as water, electricity and roads. he noticed people are in desperate need for food and medical supplies. he said relief goods are not reaching people who have fled to northern syria. ging demanded syrian leaders allow u.n. officials to enter the country from turkey. >>> myanmar's leader is on a visit to south korea. they met with the first woman to be elected president of south korea, park. the two female politicians encourage to do what they can f
in the united states? >> no. major issues have not been addressed so far. if you look at the questions of automatic spending cuts and other federal programs they have been postponed for two months. and also included in this debate the u.s. once again reached their debt ceiling at $16.4 trillion u.s. dollar. the ceiling needs to be raised again. we are looking at further heated discussions. >> what about the world economy in general? >> if the current compromise passes the house of representatives the risk of the u.s. economy being pushed back into recession is calm as of now. the spending of private households is not endangered as it might have been and they are saying the u.s. economy will continue to grow in a moderate way. that is at least not bad news for the u.s. economy that the world economy is so dependant upon. >> thank you so much for your analysis. >> the north korean leader delivered a surprise new year's message and promised plenty of change in 2013. >> he vowed to turn around the countries floundering economy and called for an tonight the long running feud with south kore
message. >> especially the youngsters should unite together about the state of the -- about what happened. this is an issue. we're not want to tolerate any more of this. -- we are not going to tolerate any more of this. >> the students say they are living in constant fear and are viewed as many -- viewed by many men as their game. -- fair game. they say they are routinely subjected to sexual harassment. >> i feel very insecure. i cannot go out alone at night. if i -- i am looked at a particular way. >> the young people also furious at the response to the ribs by some politicians and religious victories -- to the rapes by some politicians and religious figures. they say it is the woman's fault. one former civil servant on the sidelines of the demonstrations expresses a view of women, and in indian society. -- view of women common in indian society. >> why do women have to wear tight jeans? women's clothing should be modest. it should be like a burr, -- the burkha. it is modest. >> such attitudes are fueling their outrage. she says something has to change and they have to fight against such
from the united states. he held discussions with president barack obama over future security arrangements as most international forces prepare to withdraw from afghanistan by the end of 2014. >>> pakistan says one of its soldiers has been killed in a skirmish with indian troops in cash mick, the fourth exchange of fire in the disputeded region already this year. simmering tensions threaten to derail efforts to improve cross-border ties. the pakistani military says indian troops started the firefight on tuesday night. the indian side admits there was an exchange of fire but claims pakistani troops shot first. the nuclear-armed neighbors resumed talks in 2011 to try to improve their relationship. the delicate subject of kashmir was a topic of discussion. india and pakistani troops scuffled three times just last week in kashmir with both sides reporting fatalities. indian prime minister manmohan singh on tuesday criticized pakistan. he said the relationship could no longer be considered business as usual. >>> pakistan also faces mounting trouble at home at home. a massive anti-g
. >> the decision came overnight. six planes operated by united airlines have been barred from taking off. european regulators followed suit. the 787 had been about to leave chicago to return to poland. >> confirming that they have cancelled the inaugural departure from chicago to warsaw. the plane has just arrived safely, landed just now about five minutes ago. the reason for the cancellation is that both boeing and the faa had issued a recommendation to our board in warsaw to cancel the flight. >> passengers were booked on to other flights. most were unfazed. >> my husband was flying, and i really do not want to take any risk. i would rather have him fly either tomorrow or take some flight tonight by different airplane lines. >> officials have reacted swiftly to the latest incidents. wednesday, a dreamliner made an emergency landing in japan because of issues with its batteries. the grounding could prove disastrous for boeing, which has its future writing on the aircraft. the investigation could take weeks. >> for more on the business fallout of all of this, let's go to frankfurt. whenever we tal
her duties. officials say clinton had a half-hour telephone conversation with the united nations and arab league envoy to syria lakhdar brahimi. clinton is due to step down as secretary of state later this month. president obama nominated senator john kerry as her successor. >>> >>> now here's the weather the new leaders of japan and south korea decided it's time to mend fences. japanese prime minister abe will send an envoy to seoul on friday to meet with president-elect. japanese prime minister shinzo abe will accepted an envoy to seoul on friday to meet with president-elect park geun-hye. she stressed the need to conclude an economic partnership deal but stood firm on differences over history and territory. she's expected to discuss some of them with former japanese finance minister fukushiro nukaga. abe said two weeks ago his government would cancel an event next month to the fukushima islands. diplomats are also struggling to reconcile views on so-called comfort women. in many cases these women were coerced by japanese soldiers to serve in brothels during world war ii. park
represented by their foreign ministers. among the 600 guests was the united nations secretary- general. the saudi government provided some 15 million euros in funding for the dialogue center for the first three years. >> we are most grateful to his majesty for his farsighted decision to launch this important and timely initiative. austria is greatly honored at the center is established. >> a outside the palace, greens and liberal muslim protesters point out that even as saudi arabia promotes religious dialogue in vienna, and to commit human rights abuses at home. >> it is a shame and a disgrace for austria and spain to have provided the saudis a center like this as a platform for their views in europe and all the world. >> the center is headquartered in this palace in vienna. representatives of all the world religions are invited to come here and engage in constructive dialogue. critics are predicting endless rounds of unproductive chatter and worry that saudi arabia could indeed use the center to gain a foothold in europe for its watch how the state religion, an ultra-strict form of i
of japan's recovery. we are united in our determination to take aggressive steps beginning from this day. >> and we can tell you a little bit about that supplementary budget. the government is including emergency economic measures worth more than $110 billion. these measures are designed mainly to encourage companies to step up investment. >>> the government plans to earmark well over $20 billion for public works projects and is considering extra grants to local communities to help finance their public projects. in addition, the government plans to create a fund together with private companies. this fund will help companies make their buildings more earthquake-resistant and energy efficient. the government is thinking of providing subsidies to manufacturers to build energy efficient plants and factories. the government will help fund these measures with bond offerings totaling around $45 billion. the cabinet is expected to approve the supplementary budget in mid-january. >>> the year 2013 has kicked off with a bit of optimism for japanese business leaders. the yen is weaker and the stock
with the shortage of medical and humanitarian supplies, the united nations says about 1 million people are going hungry. >> most of them are in regions where there is strong anti- government support and heavy fighting. it will food program says it has had to pull staff out of some of the most violent areas and also says the government will not provide security for aid shipments into some regions. faced with these conditions, many syrians are continuing to flee the country. to china now where protesters have gathered for a second day. anti-censorship rallies, around 100 demonstrators met outside the offices of the southern weekly newspaper. >> that are demanding press freedom and an end to what they call the oligarchs running the country. they decided to take a stand when state censors blocked the new year's message from the paper, which call for constitutional rights. we have mixed news from germany's export sector. newly released data shows german firms enjoyed a boom in sales abroad for much of the year, but things slowed down late in 2012. german companies sold over one trillion euros worth o
protests. the united states criticized the chinese government over the alleged censorship. foreign minister spokesperson essentially told the country to mind its own business. >> translator: let me point out views and criticisms from overseas. other countries should not interfere with china's internal affairs. >> reporter: another newspaper is getting creative in its efforts to show support for the southern-based "nanfang zhoumo." the beijing news ran text of a speech. it linked it to a brave heart that can soothe souls in the depth of winter. >>> chinese maritime authorities have decided to conduct regular patrols around a group of disputed islands. china and taiwan claim them. >>> china's state media reported on a government meeting to discuss maritime policy. state oceanic administration chief said china faces a complicated situation. he said his office will assume greater responsibility for maintaining the country's maritime interests. the participants decided to conduct regular patrols around the islands they call daiyou. china has been sending patrol boats and aircraft around the isla
capacity ammunition clips in the united states. president obama vowed to tighten gun control after a man killed 20 children and six adults in a shooting in connecticut. >> a court in the u.s. has jailed american man for 35 years for his role in the 2008 mumbai attacks. he admitted to selecting targets for the attacks in which 166 people were killed. he avoided the death penalty after cooperating with u.s. authorities. >> mudslides have killed at least six people in ecuador. the disaster hit a gold mining community in the south of the country after hours of torrential rain. several homes were buried in mud slide. in berlin, the world's biggest agricultural fair is in full swing. international grain week attracts thousands of exhibitors and people keen to know the latest in a world of food. the public in general is becoming more picky about what they buy, and you cannot blame them after all the food scandals in recent years. >> today's shopper wants it all -- the right color, size, shape, and flavor. products on the shelves of modern-day supermarkets have just a few seconds to grab the buy
the opposition become more united in recent months. how much of a problem is that for morsi? >> we have this salvation front. the problem with the opposition is, besides the fact that -- it is everything but the muslim brotherhood. there is not much that unifies them. that is one of the problems. until now, they did not come up with that kind of vision of where to move. there are always economic problems with people out of work, with rising prices. they only want to get rid of the muslim brotherhood. just give us more time and everything will be better. none of them knows what to do with this country. >> morsi is in a position of a state of emergency. it looks set to bring back memories of mubarak, doesn't it ? >> we have a curfew. port said. suez. reports are that the rallies began at the moment the curfew's -- the moment the curfew started. it's are moving downtown import -- in port said. -- riots are moving downtown in port said. , in mali, troops have taken control of another major islamist --, in mali, troops have taken control of another major islamist -- >> in mali, troops have
are long-term fort fest's plan adviser. we have a transition committee bae and. job figures from the united states though that the tp grew month, but uf no by bring down the ratio of unemployment. officials of the labor department says it's he would is he had he. employers added 155,000 non farm jobs, and autos. it includes a jump in health care and the auto tractor-trail tractor-trailer. the. he is ryan 1 is rat hsb securities in new york. >> the december employment report out of the us is greatly as participated. the markish is yet to return in it particular, a lop see at a time a as indicating of the labor market. the outlook for the overall economy is similar. it's likely we will see steady growth over the years. there swau-- the housing marketr the past year should be a helpful factor for the overall economy. but there are still significant headwinds. tax increases in the new year will melt to about 16 at. but it's at least not. it wouldn't have been as strong as the little clift, he would have been priored by others is kit. he's become a. stomp stomp. >>> he said that would punish the
working closely with their counterparts in the united states to resolve the hostage crisis. >>> foreign minister kishida met in washington with u.s. secretary of state, hillary clinton. >> translator: japan and the u.s. have agreed to continue our close cooperation in gathering information and working on other aspects of the crisis. japan will ask for continued u.s. cooperation. >> clinton says she spoke on the phone with algerian prime minister abdullah before her meeting with kishida. >> he said the situation remained fluid, that the hostages remain in danger in a number of instances. we are staying in close touch with our algerian partners and working with affected nations like our japanese friends around the world to help end this crisis. >>> traders on the new york stock exchange are savoring a closing they haven't seen since late 2007. prices ended friday at a five year and one month high. positive corporate earnings reports the major companies in the financial and manufacturing sectors led the rally. the dow jones industrial average ended the day at 13,649, up 53 points. they als
in recent days may have made the situation worse. japan, the united states and other nations use strict environmental regulations to control the levels of fine par tick lat matter. the chinese government set its own standards in february of last year after a wave of criticism both at home and abroad. but public discontent continues to grow mainly in urban areas as authorities in china struggle to clear the air. >>> french fighter pilots have pounded islamist rebel positions in mali. they say they're determined to eradicate terrorism in the west african country. the rebels control northern mali and they're moving south. the french ruled the country for decades until independence in 1960. government leaders asked their french counterparts for help. pilots started carrying out air strikes on friday. they launched attacks across the middle of the country. a senior islamist leader was reported killed. the french defense minister says they will refocus their a text to the north to uproot terrorists. french president francois hollande said french troops intervened to ensure the security of res
examining the battery's charger. they plan to visit the company that made the charger in the united states. the investigators may have to search for clues at even more companies. a firm in france designed the entire battery system. a company in japan made a device that monitored the battery's temperature and voltage. the investigators say they'll share information with u.s. officials, trying to figure out why a 787 battery caught fire on the ground. the u.s. officials say that battery shows evidence of short-circuiting and thermal runaway. >>> toyota is facing growing demand in russia. they are pushing ahead with a plan to build 400 new vehicles in the far east. toyota is getting ready to build the cars at a plant owned by a japanese trading house and russian automaker solas. russia's prime minister deputy o oshuvalov is anxious. >> some of toyota's automobiles will go into production here. >> they're assembling parts from japan. they plan to start full-scale production next month. they aim to build about 12,000 suvs a year. the cars are well suited to parts of russia that get lots of snow
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